Polygala myriantha Chodat

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Polygala myriantha

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Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe. Apparently only known from 1 collection in Northern Zimbabwe (Wild 1160 Miami Export Farm, Karoi, 15-6-1946, SRGH).
Status: Native
Annual herb up to 40 cm tall, usually branching near the base. Leaves linear-elliptic, 7 × 30 mm long, sparsely pubescent or hairless; apex mucronate. Flowers mauve or lilac, drying yellowish-white, in elongated terminal racemes, up to 12 cm long. Capsule up to c. 2 × 1.2 mm, obovate-oblong, slightly winged.
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Habitat: Occurring in Brachystegia woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Images last updated: Tuesday 1 June 2010

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 327 - 328. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 67.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polygala myriantha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133800, retrieved 27 May 2024

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